Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Come to Costa Rica to join an intensive one-week programme with policy makers, lawmakers and researchers.

The programme is organized by Earth Charter Center on Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace/Earth Charter International, in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.

The programme aims to empower participants to become competent leaders for sustainability and help them enhance their knowledge at the intersection of international law, global governance, and the Earth Charter. This course will help deepen understanding of our global governance system, international environmental law instruments, and options in order to make governance more responsive to the challenges humanity is facing.

This programme will offer participants the opportunity to analyse the different juridical instruments related to sustainable development and how these relate and overlap with the ethical principles expressed in the Earth Charter. The role and influence of soft law instruments will be analysed in light of global governance processes. The course examines the system of environmental law (at international, European Union, and national levels) with its normative principles (sustainability, justice, human rights) and institutional arrangements (civil society, governments, and international organisations). Among the subjects covered are structure and principles of international environmental law, history and ethics of sustainability, status and principles of the Earth Charter, reform of the UN governance system, and the role of democracy, citizens, and civil society.

The recently launched publication Earth Charter and International Law will serve as a reference in the course for the analysis of different juridical instruments and its correlation with the Earth Charter principles.  

Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of current environmental law and governance, and how these could be relevant for sustainability governance systems in their national contexts; in this sense, they will learn how to become agents for change, personally and professionally.

This programme will bring together professionals in law, environmental planning and science, policy makers, researchers and students of international law and governance with respect to sustainability and the natural environment.

Download the draft syllabus here.

This programme is part of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter.

Why participate in sustainability training?

The need for sustainability education stems from real life problems that affect all levels of societies around the world. Incorporating sustainability principles into our lives, communities and decisions can move societies towards a better, more sustainable future.  Some of the benefits of this program are:

•    Expanding your expertise in the field of international law, sustainability, and ethics.
•    Augmenting your ability to analyze the ethical dimensions of legislation.
•    Acquiring tools that assist in implementing sustainability in governance.
•    Networking within the global community of Earth Charter lawmakers and governance experts.

Why choose the Earth Charter? 

The Earth Charter serves as a practical ethical framework that can be a powerful guide for any lawmaking or governance activity. The Earth Charter is a document that was a result of a decade-long, global effort to articulate the values and principles of sustainable development. The ethical vision of these fundamental principles expresses a universal aspiration for a just, peaceful, and sustainable future, in order to promote the transition to more sustainable ways of living.

The new Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development offers training at the intersection of education, sustainability, and Earth Charter values. The center is designed by highly qualified instructors, who are committed to assist educators to improve their work, deepen their sustainability profile, and learn how to integrate and apply ethics as an essential element of education. The new facility is located at the UN mandated University for Peace and it is within one of the biggest natural reserves of the Costa Rican Central Valley, 30 km/20 miles outside of the capital, San José. The new Center has been designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard. It is the first educational facility in Costa Rica to receive a LEED certificate.

Dates: 3 – 7 July 2013

Tuition: US$1,900* (This tuition fee includes course materials, a field trip, refreshments, lunches, and local transportation). 

10% discount for registration by 15 May 2013.

Limited places available!

All participants will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the course.

*Tuition also covers facilitation and administrative expenses incurred by the Earth Charter International Secretariat.


Klaus Bosselmann, PhD, is a Professor of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland. He has been a consultant for UNEP, IUCN, the EU and the governments of Germany and New Zealand and was a delegate at the World Summits of 1992 (Rio), 2002 (Johannesburg) and 2012 (Rio+20). He was involved in the drafting process of the Earth Charter and has a particular interest in sustainability ethics with respect to environmental law, human rights and global governance. Klaus was a visiting professor at leading universities in the United States, Canada, UK, Brazil, Italy, Hungary, Sweden and Germany. As Chair of the Ethics Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, he currently coordinates several research collaborations in the area of sustainability law and governance. Klaus has also an active role in projects and annual conferences of the Global Ecological Integrity Group, a network of leading environmental scholars. He has authored or edited 25 books on environmental law, governance and political ecology; his articles appeared in many of the world’s leading law journals. In 2009, he was the Inaugural Winner of the Senior Scholarship Prize of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.

These are some featured publications of Prof. Bosselmann :

Governance for Sustainability - Issues, Challenges and Successes, IUCN - The World Conservation Union, Environmental Law and Policy Series Vol.70, Bonn/Germany, 2008 

BOSSELMANN, K. and ENGEL, R. (eds.), 
The Earth Charter: A framework for global governance, KIT Publ., Amsterdam/NL, 2010


The cost for accommodation can range from US$50 to US$115 per day depending on what kind of accommodation you select. Please note that these are special rates offered to our organization. The following hotels are nearby and highly recommended, and in addition to receiving special rates, we also offer free transportation between the EC Educational Center and these hotels. 

Hotel Corteza Amarilla 

Hotel Canal Grande 

Studio Hotel 

Hotel Quality Real San Jose 

Quizur guest house - University for Peace campus

We can also arrange your stay with a Costa Rican family in nearby town, Ciudad Colón.


The tuition fee must be paid in full at the latest two weeks before the beginning of the course, otherwise you risk losing your spot in the course.

If you have already registered and paid the tuition fee, but can no longer attend the programme, please get in touch with us. It might be possible to transfer your registration and payment to another person from your organization or to another course.  80% of your tuition will be refunded only if we receive your cancellation two weeks in advance.

Program cancellation

If for some reason the programme is canceled or postponed, 100% of your payment will be reimbursed. However, Earth Charter International and the Earth Charter Center for ESD are not responsible for the reimbursement of travel tickets.

Travel insurance

Participants should carry health and life insurance. Earth Charter International and the Earth Charter Center for ESD are not responsible for covering medical treatment.

Click here to apply!

For more information, please contact:  Tel: (506) 2205-9000

Fax: (506) 2249 1929
Earth Charter Center for ESD at the University for Peace, P.O. Box 138-6100, San Jose, Costa Rica.


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